The grip levels with that swan neck GT-1000 are simply unreal.
I ran it at 20 degrees at MRLS because, well, that's the angle we bolted it the first time at the shop and didn't bother touching it throughout the event...
At BRP I backed it down to 10 degrees to get the car to wiggle, which worked better for suspension setup purposes.
Friday afternoon rolled around and it dawned on me that I should run Buttonwillow in the 13CW config before I attempt to run it at Super Lap Battle to get some suspension tuning done.
I am also very rusty from not driving in the last couple of years.
Quick check on the calendar and I found out that the only weekend I can actually run 13CW is this weekend with SpeedVentures.
Not a great setup for a test and tune, especially since it was the S2K challenge and Sat was pretty much booked full (couldn't do Sunday)..
First three sessions were a total **** show, with the 1st and 2nd having cut by a full course Black flag and everyone and their mom running off track and then the 3rd session had a big crash on the second lap and got Red flagged.
I was ready to call the day a complete waste of time because I couldn't even find a groove to know if my suspension adjustments were working or not... Turns out that not driving for 2 years really took a toll on my driving, I was sloppy and slower than geology around places I should fly through.
It also didn't help that the tires I ran were heat cycled out two years ago and apparently storing them for 2 years didn't make them any grippier
Big Hoosiers were big, but had the grip levels of charcoal -
Took the passenger seat out before the last session.
This give you a good look at how far back we relocated the driver seat, it's about a 1/4" from the rear bulkhead.
The pedals have been extended by 3.5" and after using them for three days now I think we'll extend them by another 3/4" or so.
The steering wheel has a 2" spacer on it that seems to work well for my driving position.
The one thing that I haven't done yet is bend the shifter backwards which I really need to, as it is I barely get to 5th gear and with that 4.77 diff I play with 4-5-6 all the time so it's rather uncomfortable.. we'll get it done before the next outing.
Finally in the 4th session things clicked together a bit better and it seemed like everyone in the Red group calmed down after they've seen a big crash.
Traffic flow became more reasonable and I was able to click a bunch of laps in a row, finally get a feel for the car, finally get *some* feel for the track.
My absolutely horrific lap times from the morning started looking more along the lines of just regular slow lap times so there was some progress made :lol: ...
Managed a 2:04 flat with a one very costly mistake that was worth ~2 secs.. Predictive showed all bunch of 2:01.5-2:02 laps that I kept throwing away or hitting traffic in, and seeing that this was on ice skating tires (easily 3 secs slower than anything worth mentioning) I'm going to call this a reasonable start for the tuning and rust removal process.
....Aaand Buttonwillow claimed the first casualty on Morpheus.
The dark Blue stripe on the passenger side of the front bumper is no longer with us, please keep the stripe in your thoughts and prayers.
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